Uniting together in kindness.
Christmas is often a time when we see more and more people experiencing vulnerability. It can be especially difficult for people who are separated from the people they care about, and tensions often escalate due to the pressure to live up to the Christmas dream of plenty.
In the lead up to Christmas last year, we received four times more requests for support than the previous year. So, we reached out to ask our community to unite together in kindness to support children, adults, and families in the way they need it most at Christmas.
It was heart-warming and humbling to see the community come together to support people in need. We can’t thank the Uniting Church in the City enough for their generous donation, which provided Foodbank WA vouchers to help more than 1,200 individuals and families during a time when they faced considerable financial pressures.
We were also incredibly grateful for the monetary donations and contributions of food, toys, backpacks, water bottles, and other items. Many people who supported us also gave their time, picking up and delivering food, packing hampers, and preparing Foodbank WA vouchers.
There are many businesses, congregations, organisations, people and schools we would like to acknowledge and thank for their support:
- Community Offender Monitoring Unit (Department of Justice)
- Feed it Forward Inc
- Foodbank WA
- Food Rescue volunteers
- Fremantle Pilots
- Fremantle Wesley Uniting Church
- Gidgegannup Community Church
- Harcourts Joondalup
- La Pagnatta Italian Bakery & Cafe
- Methodist Ladies’ College
- Nando’s – Morley, Mount Lawley and North Perth
- Northway Uniting Church
- Penrhos College
- Plum & Crumb
- Presbyterian Ladies’ College
- Scotch College
- Silver Chain Group – Kingsley
- Soroptimist International – Fremantle
- St Michael’s Chapel – Royal Australian Air Force Association
- St Stephen’s School
- Tasty Fresh Food Co
- Tranby College
- Trinity Residential College
- Uniting Church Claremont
- Uniting Church Kalgoorlie-Boulder
- Uniting Church Kardinya
- Uniting Church Kulin
- Uniting Church in the City
- Uniting Church Noranda
- Uniting Church Willetton
- Uniting Church York
- Wesley College
- Zimbabwe Methodist Fellowship
We share with you just a few of the comments received from people supported:
“So happy right now! Merry Christmas everyone.”
“My little girl really thought it was Christmas with all the food she had to eat…she didn’t know what to choose first!!!”
“I would like to thank you very much for the Foodbank WA voucher. Not only did the voucher help with my December food budget, it also made me feel valued. Your gift will always be remembered.”
“You have no idea how much this means to me and my family. There would be no family Chrissy meal if it wasn’t for your generosity. God bless u.”
“Thank you very much, your kindness is appreciated!”
“Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart…For many including my family this time of year is always very difficult financially.”
We can’t thank our community enough for uniting with us in kindness at Christmas, it simply wouldn’t have been possible without you.